According to the statistics of the World bank due to the Ghana liberal policy, the Telecommunication industry has been the main economic sector of Ghana,
Ghana became one of the first African countries that move from having a government-controlled Telecommunication market to a much liberalized or competitive market, with well-organized private sector participation. Even as the industry moves closer to a fully private and competitive model.
The Government has continued to play an active role in promoting the effective development of the Telecommunication sector. Ghana’s telecom market has undergone several changes in recent years, the recent changes and development is the Sim Card Re-registration in 2021/2022. This exercise is being carried out by the top 3 Telecommunication industries Mtn Ghana, AirtelTigo, and Vodafone Ghana to make Ghanaian users link their Ecowas Identity cards(Ghana Card) to their Subscriber identity module card.
Top Telecommunication Industry in Ghana
1. MTN Ghana
Launched in 1994, MTN is a global telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The countries are Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN”.
MTN, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Africa and the Middle East, entered the Ghanaian market following the acquisition of Investcom in 2006.
AirtelTigo, On March 3, 2017, Millicom International Cellular S.A., ‘Millicom’ and Bharti Airtel Limited ‘Airtel’, announced their intent to merge their operations in Ghana. This was subsequently approved by the government of Ghana on October 2, 2017.
As per the shareholder’s agreement, Millicom and Airtel have equal ownership and governance rights in the combined entity which has been rebranded as AirtelTigo.
AirtelTigo is the second largest Mobile Network Operator in Ghana with a combined customer base of approximately 10 million.
By integrating the two networks, the combined business is expected to provide Ghanaian customers with a major boost in both rural and urban network coverage – in turn translating into better voice quality, high-speed data services, and reinforced network stability and resilience. With the combined fiber footprint and increased data centers, enterprise customers including both, large corporations and SMEs, would have access to a diverse portfolio of world-class solutions. Mobile Financial Services is also expected to be greatly enhanced with combined agent networks and platforms.
Vodafone in Ghana is an operating company of Vodafone Group Plc – the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company, with a significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States.
Vodafone is the only total communications solutions provider – mobile, fixed lines, internet, voice, and data – and is currently the telecom company of choice for Ghanaians. It’s is the second-ranked operator in terms of market share in the sector.
Comsys Ghana Limited is a fully-owned Ghanaian Telecom and ICT Solution Company. Registered under the Companies Act in Ghana with registration number 80,950 with Head office in Accra, the company has a nationwide presence through reliable microwave, VSAT, and fiber networks for delivering its services and solutions.
Our company has been ISO certified since 2011 by the British Standard Institute (BSI). We have maintained all certifications to date for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 20000.
In the past seven (7) years, we have been adjudged the best (number 1) Enterprise Solutions Provider in Ghana consecutively. As well as the best Internet Service Provider (ISP) in 3 years. We are also the best ICT company in Ghana for 2017 at the just ended Ghana Telecom & Technology Awards (GTTA)
As the first independent tower company in Africa, Helios Towers Africa has been built from the ground up to provide passive infrastructure services in the fastest-growing continent in the world. Seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies are African.
6. ATC Ghana
We have established one of Africa’s most extensive tower networks with more than 4,800 towers over three markets.
Our primary business is the leasing of space on multi-tenant communications sites and providing backup power systems throughout Ghana which allow our customers to expand their wireless coverage and build out their networks quickly.
Founded in 1995, American Tower Corporation, one of the largest global Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), is a leading independent owner, operator, and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate.
American Tower has a global portfolio of approximately 180,000 communications sites across five continents and 20 countries. The company has been an active stakeholder in the African telecommunications market since 2010 and currently operates over 18,500 towers across Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
7. Huawei Ghana
In Ghana, Huawei registered its subsidiary in 2005. Since then we have established excellent cooperation with the government of Ghana, all the telecom operators, businesses and organizations as well as consumers.
The total number of employees is 900+, with local employees accounting for 80% and 150+ technical engineers for on-site support service and project implementation. Huawei is currently cooperating with over 50 Ghanaian local sub-contractors to implement most of its projects for the government of Ghana and the network operators. Our commercial activities in Ghana provide indirect employment to over 5000 people in related industries.
CSquared started as a project within Google in 2011. The project aimed to build metropolitan fiber-optic networks, which would be leased by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on a wholesale model, and as a neutral operator of shared infrastructures.
The long-term vision for Google was to increase Internet penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa and also to reduce Internet access costs by investing in the required infrastructure. As the internet is a global lever for development, the lease/partnership of a wholesale last-mile fiber network would ultimately carry many secondary benefits.